F1 » FIA declines to give HRT permission to race

To no great surprise, FIA stewards have ruled that HRT duo Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan will not be starting Sunday's Australian Grand Prix after failing to get to within 107 per cent of pole position during qualifying in Melbourne

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jose - Unregistered

March 26, 2011 6:40 PM

Well not surprised..BUT... will HRT be allowed to do any testing before the next
race, NO!..Now I see the catch22 ..Simply They need testing, so what now, if they cannot test the car on a track what can they do?? Test in the garage, out back in McDonald's parking lot, something smell here..
YO! Ronald stop eating the Biggie Fries,
try bottle water its safer, killing brain cells really effects clear thing..

Badman, Jose

Ronald McDonald - Unregistered

March 26, 2011 6:47 PM

jose- All the other teams have done thousands of kms of testing, the fact that HRT haven't done any (and were still doing installation laps in qualifying!) is their own fault. I have no sympathy. The fact that HRT were chosen over Lola and prodrive is detrimental to F1.

Boston Kiwi - Unregistered

March 26, 2011 6:49 PM

This creates an interesting situation. They cannot test away from race weekends to improve their performance. So they will go to the next Grand Prix and have to effectively try and test there in the practice sessions, which may not be enough to get them up to speed to qualify within 107% again.

So if they are not participating in races, what sponsors will want to support them? In fact, current sponsors might want refunds because they sponsored thinking they would at least get some exposure during the race.

So now you have F1 saying on one hand that they want new teams to join the circus, yet they are putting up pretty significant roadblocks to new teams who struggle to get up to pace in the first place.


March 26, 2011 7:05 PM

has anyone noticed that the car HRT were driving today was not the same car as the one they unveiled as they're 2011 challenger!!
its they're 2010 car with new livery!!!
correct me if im wrong guys but compare the car they unveiled in feb to the one they used today and take a look at the front wing and the nose and see what you think

jose - Unregistered

March 26, 2011 8:31 PM

Boston Kiwi...Many thanks you can see what
really going on..The no testing rule ..tO SAVE Cost..Then they introduce KERS at about $70mil..To save cost, next the 10sec.
movable wing..Hell if the wing works why restrict when a driver can use it..No testing for a team trying to make the grid
Willing to bet the only that HRT is not on the grid is MONEY..Bernie if you really want to have other teams on the grid something have to be done to help with Astronomical cost of F1..Ask Honda,
Toyota, BMW, Jordan,VW, Guess why they all say Enough. HRT push the rules, test on Fridays, doing qualification on Saturday.
Please don't quit. Keep trying. The Fruit
and nut cakes over at the FIA, pure idiots, Right Crash!

Badman, Jose

Chandhok4wc - Unregistered

March 26, 2011 8:48 PM

@Boston Kiwi, these "roadblocks" have only been established this season because the rookie teams have been given a whole season plus the pre-season to improve. Both Team Lotus and Virgin were within the 107% rule. It's solely HRT's fault for not being good enough.

Bzzzzt - Unregistered

March 26, 2011 10:22 PM

If Formula One has any interest in being the pinnacle of motorsport (road-racing, anyway), then the 107% rule shouldn't even be an issue. F1 is not a finishing school, and it's not a charity. If you want to play, then you need to RACE.

HRT chose not to test during any of the qualifying sessions. Even if the "customs issue" is legitimate, they still declined every other test of the pre-season, including tire-testing the 2010 car. I heartily agree that the current testing regulations are nonsense, but allowing HRT to test on race-day puts every legitimate competitor at risk. They were not simply a few seconds off the pace (like er.. Ferrari), they were nearly 10 seconds slower around the circuit. 10 seconds. Forget GP2 cars, that's like comparing an F1 car to a bicycle.

Invite HRT to do better in Malaysia, and if they can't manage that, then maybe their sponsorship refunds will finally catch up to them.

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